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Bridport Hat Festival

Underwater hatIt’s that time of year again when Bridport goes a bit crazy for hats.

This is the 8th Hat Festival and promises to be another exciting event in the town featuring handmade hats, obsure hats, posh hats, caps, boaters and bonnets.

You can try your hand at millinery by attending one of the courses in the town or you can get yourself involved with the children and make your own wacky hats and fascinators.  A couple of years ago, Megan made this incredible aquarium hat out of net and fabrics from Livingstone Textiles and assembled them on an upside down lampshade.

2011_mass_hat1 Bridport is absolutely buzzing on Hat Festival day as hundreds of people turn out in their creations and parade the streets .  We have a wide range of fabrics that can be used to make a hat, cap or bonnet from scratch.  You could try making a sparkly creation from sequin fabrics and embellishing with shiny ribbons and trims or how about something in glamourous velvet to mark the occasion, trimmed in stunning black ravens feathers that we are now selling as a trim.  Easily sewn in place along the bound edge, your project could be a prizewinning showstopper.  We have hessian as well that you could fix up into a crazy scarecrow hat with some fabric flowers sewn into place or how about adding some decorations to a traditional straw boater?  Bridport is home to the nations oldest butchers and with a string of hand sewn sausages made from our brown felt and placed on the hat, worn together with a striped apron and you’ll look surely look the part.  Lets not forget the recent visit by the circus to Bridport town, you could make a fabulous clowns hat.  Anyone remember the visit to Livingstone Textiles by the clown last summer?  My goodness, what a funny fellow he was coming booming up the stairs with his giant shoes and megaphone!  We also recently hosted the first Bridport Folk Festival and the town came alive to the sounds of the morris dancers, many of whom wear really striking hats to dance in.

20933811_1898990463684058_3500334233960282358_o Credit to Dorsetbays photography for this lovely shot of Fetus Derriman, a morris team from Weymouth sporting colourfully decorated hats at a recent event.

Don’t forget, we also stock many widths of round hat elastic to hold everything in place while you enjoy the day.  Pop in the shop at the bottom of the Waitrose car park, Bridport to purchase.

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